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light into ashes -
Subject: Viola Lee out of place
The bulk of this session is exactly the same as the "xx-xx-67" session that L Rosley mentions - only here it's in annoyingly trebley sound, so I recommend the other copy instead. That copy also has a great, unique studio Smokestack Lightning.
The Viola Lee filler here is not from the studio, but is edited from the 1-14-67 show.
MR JROCK -
Subject: that's not Mickey...
that's Pig on the congos L!
this may be a rehearsal, since they played Viola Lee..........
L. Rosley -
Subject: Recording for Anthem of the Sun- 1st Other One, early Mickey
This sounds like a studio recording session for Anthem of the Sun. Mickey Hart, who wasn't yet performing in shows with the Dead, is clearly audible on percussion.
Not a great listen, but interesting historically. This is first known appearance of Cryptical Evenlopment/The Other One. (First live performance was 2 days later, 10/22/67).
The band isn't terribly inspired or energetic, compared to the live shows from 1967. It is indeed a "Sleepy Alligator" on the 3-minute track, but the band wakes up on the track labeled Jam. Caution has some interesting bits. Cryptical Enevelopment/Other One is laid out along the lines of Anthem. Alligator-through-Cryptical take up about the same time as they do on Anthem, so it seems they are aiming here to fit it all on the vinyl LP. Viola Lee sounds most like what they were playing live, but unfortunately is cut off.
Quality varies for awful to tolerable to awful, with various instruments or vocals inaudible at times. Not to complain, though, we're lucky to have this interesting bit of Dead history. Thanks to Archive for making this available.
Additional Anthem recording sessions are here: